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Springy Dock Tricks

If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 21-Sep-09

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Sandvox 1.6.4 from Karelia Software is a compatibility and maintenance update to the template-based Web site creation tool. The latest version adds full support for Snow Leopard and a Brazilian Portuguese localization. Also, the latest version provides an important update to its Amazon List Pages and Pagelet code in response to a recent change in Amazon's API. ($57 Regular/$97 Pro, free update, 27.2 MB)

Mellel 2.7 from RedleX is a feature update to the increasingly powerful word processor. Changes include added support for wraparound text and floating images, Snow Leopard compatibility, a new object palette that enables users to control image attributes, a new setup selection pop-up menu, and an option in auto-title flows to "List Separately in TOC." Also, auto-titles can now span more than six lines, and the Page palette and dialog have been improved. A full list of changes, improvements, and bug fixes is available on RedleX's Web site. ($49 new, $19 upgrade, 31.8 MB)

MercuryMover 2.0.6 from Helium Foot Software is a compatibility and maintenance update to the keyboard shortcut utility for moving and resizing windows. The latest version includes support for Snow Leopard and fixes a bug that prevented MercuryMover from finding the bottom edge of a taller and top-aligned secondary display. ($20, free update, 2 MB)

Camera Raw 5.5 and Lightroom 2.5 from Adobe add raw file support for five new cameras, including the Nikon D300s, Nikon D3000, Olympus E-P1, Panasonic DMC-FZ35 and Panasonic DMC-GF1. Camera Raw 5.5 also fixes "the demosaic algorithms in the raw conversion process for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response." (Free updates for existing Photoshop and Lightroom users, 46.7/86.6 MB)

Things 1.2.3 from Cultured Code is a maintenance update to the Getting Things Done-inspired task manager. Changes since 1.2.1 include the capability to disable Spotlight indexing, to enable or disable either of the two Quick Entry keyboard shortcuts independently, and to drag multiple cards from Address Book or email messages into a to-do's notes section. Also, the items in the General pane have been reorganized, support for Japanese input methods has been improved, the French localization has been enhanced, and fixes have been made to the plug-in syntax. A full list of changes is available on Cultured Code's Web site. ($49.95 new, free update, 8.0 MB).

 

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